SOCIAL MEDIA!!

In this post I will tell you about some useful Social Media!!

First I will tell you about Diigo. If you have Diigo you can save the information about web pages which you make some bookmarks; you can even see what other people’s bookmarks in those webpages. You also can create a group and in that group, you can talk some interesting topics with other people. I think that is really useful when you are studying. You can learn more about it in this post What Is Diggo and How to Use It.

Second I will tell you about Twitter. I read about it in this post What and How We Can Use Twitter. I learn that Twitter enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 letters. I also learn that you can follow as many people as you like and have many followers as you can.  Twitter is called the SMS of the Internet and we are able to use Twitter on cellphones.

The third one is Google Hangouts.  I learn that with Google Hangouts you can hold conversations for up to ten people at one time over voice or video in a virtual room. If the friends who we want to communicate with do not have a Google account, we can also choose to call them in Google Hangouts. It only needs to pay a little amount of money to call. When chatting with other people on video in Google Hangouts, we can add Google effects which include sounds, backgrounds, headwear, eyewear, facial hair and props to ourselves and take photos. Besides, typing is available to exchange opinions for people. It has many advantages. You can read more about this in this post Google Hangouts.

The last one is Scoop it. You can learn about it in this really interesting post Scoop it- be your own master!. With this post I learn that Scoop it is a very useful website. It creates a new way for people which they need not spend too much time and establish their own unique style! The first major function is bookmarklet. You can install it in the browser toolbar and whenever you see interesting articles through the internet, click on this button and then the right side of the control panel you want to import appear. The second major function is Scoop it provides content authoring capabilities. It uses online media such as Youtube, Twitter, to decorate your articles. The third advantage is that Scoop it is expert in collecting resources. You can set whatever you want in suggested sources. As long as renew the latest data, it will be included in proposals for you to join at any time, more that an intelligence network.

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GOOGLE DRIVE AND GOOGLE DOCS IN EDUCATION!!!

I think that is really good to use Google Drive and Google Docs for Education. They have many benefits, and help a lot to the professors and students. They make the class works a lot easier. I have many reasons why I think this.

There are many reasons why professors and students need to start using Google Drive, from building a self-grading quiz to simply reducing the amount of paper used in your classroom. First, I recommend using it as a useful tool for project-based learning where students can collaborate in real time, hold chats, and even finalize a project from different locations.

Google Drive lets students and teachers use it anywhere. Also, there is an offline mode for Google Drive so you don’t even need a web connection to keep your online collaboration document or project humming along.

It is also compatible with Microsoft Office products so fear not. You can download your project as any format – from open formats to Microsoft-based formats. Great for all types of classrooms! With Google Drive students can create a variety of content. Students will need a Google account to create and share documents; this is the way Google assures that document access can be controlled by the creator.

What makes Google Drive different is the ability to share documents with others. If a student shares a document with their teacher, he or she now have the ability to not only view the document, but to make revisions or comments along the way.  The share and feedback feature is a really powerful teaching tool.

Instead of emailing documents back and forth teachers can go quickly to Drive, find and open the student’s paper in the Drive table of contents, and make comments and corrections on the student’s paper.

Google Drive also makes it easy to track revisions and a document’s history. After the teacher make comments on the students’ writing and they make changes, you can go back and trace the alterations they have actually made, step by step, over the course of creation. With a few minutes of review, the teacher will have a better sense of how responsive students have been to your feedback and perhaps see ways you can make your feedback more effective.

Google Docs’ create rich documents with images, tables, equations, drawings, link and more. sharing features enable you and your students to decide exactly who can access and edit documents. You’ll find that Google Docs helps promote group work and peer editing skills.

Teachers are using Google Docs both to publish announcements about upcoming assignments and to monitor student progress via an interactive process which allows you to give guidance when it might be of maximum benefit, while your student is still working on an assignment. Through the revisions history, you can see clearly who contributed to what assignment and when; if a student says he or she worked on a given project over the last two weeks, it will be documented.

Students will find that Google Docs can help them stay organized and keep on top of their assignments. They never have to remember to save their work; it happens automatically. It’s easy to collaborate online with fellow students, even when they aren’t in the same place, and they can get feedback easily from teachers, parents, relatives and tutors, and enter updates anytime from anywhere. And kids can go back to the revisions history to see how their assignment has evolved, and who has helped.

I think that both of them are very useful. They help to improve and make easier all the classes, what do you all think about this? Please tell me your opinions and also if you have more information about this topic!!

Learn About GOOGLE DRIVE AND GOOGLE DOCS!!

Today I will tell you about Google Apps, which is a service from Google providing independently customizable versions of several Google products. Google Apps has several applications: Gmail, Google Groups, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Play, Google Docs, Google News, Google Wallet and Google Sites.

I will explain more about Google Drive and Google Docs, which I think are the most important.

First, I will tell you about Google Drive, that is a file storage and synchronization service provide by Google. Having Google Drive enables cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. It was released on April 24, 2012. To enjoy all the benefits of Google Drive you need to use Google’s Chrome Browser.

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere like on the web or on your hard drive. Your files are always waiting for you at your Google Drive, but you can also get them straight from your computer, smartphone, and tablet. Any time your device has Internet access, it checks in with Google Drive. That ensures your files and folders are always up to date. Change something on one device and it changes everywhere.

Google Drive lets you choose exactly who, friends, family, colleagues, gets your files. You don’t need email attachments anymore. Just share your file, folder, or Google Doc from any device. No matter what happens to your devices, your files are safely stored in Google Drive. You can store practically everything for next to nothing. You can use Google Drive to store all file types, including documents, presentations, music, photos, and videos. You can open many file types right in your browser, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, high-definition video, and many image file types, even if you don’t have the corresponding program installed on your computer. Google Drive provides many ways to view, find, and sort your files.

And now I will tell you about Google Docs, that is a freeware web-based office suite. Google Docs is a part of Google Drive. It lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time.

The things that  you can do with Google Docs are upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document; add flair and formatting to your documents by adjusting margins, spacing, fonts, and colors; invite other people to collaborate on a document with you, giving them edit, comment or view access; collaborate online in real time and chat with other collaborators; download a Google document to your desktop as a Word, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML or zip file; translate a document to a different language; email your documents to other people as attachments

I think that they are really good and useful. I recommend that everyone should use them!! If you have more information about them please comment and tell me about what you know, and if you use it!!!

Here I give two tutorials about Google Drive and Google Docs!!

“Google Drive”by Federico Mendoza (CC BY 2.0)

“Google Docs Morphing into Google Drive” by Belen Zheng (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Sanber, a photo by viajero on Flickr.

This is a lake in Paraguay called Ypacarai. It is located in a city called San Bernardino

LEARN MORE ABOUT ARGENTINA AND PARAGUAY!!

Today I want to tell you my opinion about the Cultural Dimensions of Argentina and Paraguay. Both of them are beautiful countries and have similar cultures. Read and learn more about them!!

In South America these two countries are the only ones that have Lower Power Distance Culture. The other South American countries have High Power Distance. According to Geert Hofstede Argentina is in the middle between being a High Power distance Culture and a Lower Power Distance Culture but I don’t agree with him I think that is only a Lower Power Distance culture.

I think that Argentina and also Paraguay have a Lower Power Distance Culture because there the subordinates are entrusted with important assignments, the blame when something bad happen is shared and the superior accept his responsibility, all the employees and superiors socialize a lot.

For example, we have a lot of parties for superiors, subordinates and have fun all together. I really like our culture because we are really friendly. We relate to each other as equals, no one is more than anybody.

Hofstede said that Argentina is in the middle between the individualism and collectivism and that has the most individualistic society of South America and I agree with him, on the other hand, I considered that Paraguay has a collectivist society.

In Argentina many times the word “I” is more important than “We”, they also many times pursue individual goals at the expense of others. However, they still have many collectivist characteristics. Some of them are that opinion of their families and obligations towards them still count.

In Paraguay the word “We” is more important than “I”. For example, we always think first what is best for the group no what is best for us. Other example is that our family is the most important thing in our lives. A famous Paraguayan phrase is “Family always come first”. We think in our family before doing everything.

Both, Argentina and Paraguay, have more masculine than feminine elements. We have really competitive societies. We want to have success and also to be the best in everything. We have a masculine culture so we have differences between men and women.

One of the best improvements in Argentina is that now they have their first woman President, which is a big goal for a masculine society. In Paraguay that is still not possible, every time that a woman presents her as a candidate she loses.

I also agree with Hofstede when we said that Argentina has high uncertainty avoidance culture. I think that Paraguay also has a high uncertainty avoidance culture. Both countries have a really homogeneous population.

We need rules and elaborate legal systems. The government adds rules every day, but they are really weak. We don’t like unknown and unusual circumstances. We feel really comfortable in structured and familiar situations.

We like to know everything, when an unusual circumstances appear we feel frustrate and many people can get angry. Many times when something unexpected occurred we don’t know what to do. We always want to control the things that will happen in the future.

I hope that you learn more about Argentina and Paraguay! What do you think about our culture?  In what dimensions your country is different or similar? I want to know all about your countries culture; I will wait anxiously for your comments!!

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Argentina Grunge Flag” by Nicolas Raymond (CC BY 2.0)

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Paraguay Grunge Flag ” by Nicolas Raymond (CC BY 2.0)